Pezet appointed as Director of Church Development effective July 1, 2017


Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet announce the appointment of Rev. Dan Pezet as the Director of Church Development for the Conference beginning July 1, 2017. Pezet is currently the Director of Congregational Vitality in the Alabama-West Florida Conference and is an ordained elder in that conference.  He has served in a variety of pastoral situations, in both large and small membership churches and was involved in the planting of a new campus for Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church in Florida that served more than 2000 participants in its first year. His education includes a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology (2009) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida (1998). While in college, he served in an internship at Walt Disney World, where he received his “Mousters” degree. In ministry, he enjoys combining his theological education with Disney philosophies to help churches approach ministry in new and exciting ways. The Cabinet learned of Pezet’s availability after becoming aware that he was a part of search processes in other conferences. After review by the Cabinet, and meeting with conference staff leaders and the chair of the Church Vitality Team, all of whom gave approval, the offer was extended and Pezet accepted. Dan and his wife, Cindy, have two active boys, Daniel and Luke.  They will be relocating to North Carolina in June. Dan will be present at Annual Conference which will give everyone an opportunity to welcome him personally to the conference and this new position.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at